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Ronan Daly Jermyn

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The members of the Ronan Daly Jermyn team are 'strong as a unit and their various areas of expertise interact well together'. The practice is noted for its specialism in the technology and life sciences sectors; practice head Gillian Keating advised SensL Technologies on its sale to ON Semiconductor, and Diarmaid Gavin acted for Agilent Technologies on its acquisition of Luxcel Biosciences. Dublin-based Bryan McCarthy, the 'technically strong' JP Gilmartin, who is based in Galway, Sinéad Corcoran and newly promoted partner Sean O’Reilly are also noted. All partners are based in Cork unless otherwise noted.

Employment Tier 2

Providing ‘relevant and appropriate advice’, Ronan Daly Jermyn is praised for its ‘excellent public sector experience, with a critical understanding of the third-level education sector’; David McCarroll is defending National University of Ireland Galway in interlocutory injunction proceedings. ‘Incredibly supportive’ Cork-based practice head Jennifer Cashman, whose ‘legal knowledge is encyclopedic, including relevant case law’, advised some major players in the life sciences sector on various employment matters. On the non-contentious side, Deirdre Malone advised Landmark Media Investments on the employment aspects of the sale of its media business, which included redundancies.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Ronan Daly Jermyn's healthcare and life sciences team stands out for its 'breadth and depth of practice' and 'knowledge of the sector and stakeholders'. In the healthcare space, Galway-based Padraic Brennan and Imelda Tierney, who are 'highly specialised and impressive', are noted for their work defending public and private hospitals against medical negligence claims, particularly in catastrophic birth injury cases. Cork-based Gillian Keating leads the life sciences side of the practice; Diarmaid Gavin advised Genesis Automation on an equity investment by a specialist investor in European healthcare; and Galway-based JP Gilmartin 'can bring an excellent efficiency to transactions'.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 2

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s ‘responsive’ and ‘approachable’ team ‘cuts to the chase’, with receivership work being a mainstay. In that regard, recently promoted partner Ricky Kelly defended the Property Registration Authority in proceedings seeking to prevent the registration of the purchase of various receivership properties. Cork-based Ashling Walsh heads the practice; previous practice head Emma Crowley departed in February 2018.

Insurance Tier 2

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s strengths lie in advising insurers on casualty and liability claims, professional indemnity and coverage disputes. The team enjoys an excellent reputation in the contentious and non-contentious healthcare sector, where it advises private and public clients. Managing partner Richard Martin, Fergus Long and John Buckley are based in Cork, while Jamie Olden leads the Dublin office, which was strengthened by the arrival of litigation partner Peter Lennon from Maples Group. Lennon focuses on aviation liability, including passengers’ claims.

Real estate Tier 2

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s team was bolstered by the arrival of Simon Lynch from Nama and Patrick Dorgan from Coakley Moloney Solicitors, while Brian O’Halloran was promoted to partner. The team impresses with its ‘wide range of competencies’, especially in the hospitality space, where Dublin-based ‘standout solicitorEvin McCarthy advised on the sale of the Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort, and advised a Nama-appointed statutory receiver on the sale of the five-star Carton House Hotel in Kildare. Practice head John Dwyer and Margaret Ring, who exhibits ‘thoroughness and responsiveness’, acted for John Cleary Developments on the sale of the multi-use Capitol Development to German real estate investment firm Real IS. Peter McGarvey and Patrick Ahern are the other names to note.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Cork-based Brendan Cunningham and Thomas Fox head the 'rigorous' and 'commercial' team at Ronan Daly Jermyn, which has recently expanded its client base to include alternative lenders such as Relm Finance, Profunder and Capitalflow. The practice advises on real estate finance, corporate lending and loan portfolio sales, and is active in the hotels and university sectors. In Galway, Peter McGarvey and associate Marion Meehan are recommended; Bryan McCarthy and Evin McCarthy are key contacts in Dublin.

Construction Tier 3

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s ‘responsive’ and ‘available’ team has ‘good industry experience’ and provides ‘clear and knowledgeable advice in a timely manner’ for developers on non-contentious matters. Recommended practice head Finola McCarthy is advising Kilkenny Abbey Quarter on the redevelopment of a 16-acre brewery site in Kilkenny town centre. Ronan Geary handles the firm’s contentious caseload.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Ronan Daly Jermyn has a strong insurer client base, including Travelers and Zurich, and is active in media, healthcare and aviation disputes, among others. Cork-based Darryl Broderick leads the practice; Ronan Geary acted for daa in judicial review proceedings relating to the award of a construction contract for a new fire service facility at Cork Airport; and Peter Lennon joined the Dublin office from Maples Group.

EU and competition Tier 3

Merger control, state aid, dawn raid response and procurement are key areas of work for Ronan Daly Jermyn. Cork-based Diarmaid Gavin heads the practice; he advised Landmark Media Group on the merger control aspects of the acquisition of publishing and media interests by The Irish Times and provided state aid compliance advice to the University of Limerick. Finola McCarthy leads the procurement practice.

Information technology Tier 3

Cork-based Gillian Keating leads the technology practice at Ronan Daly Jermyn; she and Diarmaid Gavin handled a number of M&A transactions in the technology sector, including acting for Irish company SensL Technologies on its sale to US-based ON Semiconductor. In Dublin, Bryan McCarthy heads the cyber and data protection team, advising on GDPR compliance, notification of breaches, data subject access requests and other issues.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Ronan Daly Jermyn has a ‘knowledgeable, accessible and flexible’ IP team, which advises a number of third-level education institutions on collaboration agreements with private sector players. JP Gilmartin and ‘solution-focused’, ‘easy to work with’ practice head Diarmaid Gavin advised private sector clients on IP licence agreements. Darryl Broderick handles IP litigation, acting in trade mark, copyright and passing-off claims.

Planning and environment Tier 3

Ronan Daly Jermyn's broad practice covers assisting clients with large-scale planning applications and environmental due diligence, as well as advising on the prosecution and defence of planning and environmental enforcement matters. Practice head Finola McCarthy and newly promoted partner Ricky Kelly acted for Screebe Estate in a judicial review concerning retention planning permission and breaches of planning legislation relating to properties within a Natura 2000 site. Ronan Geary advised daa on the initiation of injunctive proceedings regarding unauthorised car parks near Cork Airport.

Tax Tier 3

Cork-based John Cuddigan leads the team at Ronan Daly Jermyn, which is noted for its 'good case management' and 'willingness to go the extra mile'. M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and property transactions for foreign and domestic investors are among the practice's key areas of strength. The team also includes tax adviser Mark Barrett, head of private client services Eoin Tobin and Dublin-based Julie Burke, who leads the tax investigations and disputes team.

Public sector Tier 4

Ronan Daly Jermyn specialises in advising on statutory obligations, public procurement, data protection, complex medical negligence claims and data protection. In Cork, Finola McCarthy assists with public procurement and administrative law issues, and Diarmaid Gavin advises on EU competition and state aid matters. In Galway, Padraic Brennan and Imelda Tierney focus on the defence of medical negligence actions. Clients include Cork County Council and the State Claims Agency.

The firm: Ronan Daly Jermyn is a top ten Irish law firm, with offices in Cork, Dublin, Galway and London, and a staff of more than 250. A unique national footprint is further bolstered by strategic alliances with Northern Ireland, UK and US law firms, allowing the firm to offer a multi-jurisdictional service across Europe, the US and Asia. More than 100 lawyers advise on a full range of transactions for clients that include multinationals, scaling and established Irish companies, financial institutions, leading insurance companies, public sector bodies and government agencies.

Ronan Daly Jermyn traces its roots back to the 1700s when Cornelius J Daly and Jermyn Solicitors were formed in Cork. The firms combined during the 1970s and 1980s to form Ronan Daly Jermyn. A merger with William B Glynn in Galway in 2007 and the opening of a Dublin office in 2015 gave the firm a national presence in Ireland. Since then, Ronan Daly Jermyn has made several strategic acquisitions, appointments and alliances to expand its service capabilities, both domestically and internationally. In 2017, the firm moved to a larger Dublin office to accommodate what has been a continuous expansion.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: the firm has a long-established and well-regarded banking and finance practice and acts for all of the major banks in the Irish market. Clients include domestic financial institutions, government bodies, private individuals and corporate bodies.

Corporate and commercial: the Ronan Daly Jermyn team of business lawyers handle a full range of M&A, investments, restructuring, licensing, long-term tax planning and strategic transactions for both indigenous and overseas clients.

Employment: the firm has wide-ranging experience on all contentious and non-contentious issues and provides advice on employment matters such as industrial relations, trade union, equality and discrimination and stress claims.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Ronan Daly Jermyn has experienced practitioners in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution regarding commercial and other disputes. The firm has particular expertise in the areas of professional indemnity and other financial lines, casualty and liability claims, product liability and coverage issues. They also advise insurers on policy interpretation, policy mediation and arbitration disputes.

Real estate: the firm acts for many of the major state bodies, financial institutions, developers and investors on commercial property matters. The team are known for their experience managing complex transactions related to retail, industrial, office and residential developments. They have advised NAMA on a number of significant property portfolio sales and transactions, including the provision of development finance to a qualified investment fund developing the European headquarters for Airbnb in Dublin’s Docklands. Other recent and significant property transactions include advising KPMG, Lloyds Bank and Blackstone on portfolio loan transactions and property issues.

Technology and commercial contracts: strong reputation for handling significant technology transactions as well as advising on a range of technology services for its clients such as data protection, cyber security, IP protection, licensing, outsourcing and commercial contracts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A Gillian Keating
Corporate, M&A Diarmaid Gavin
Corporate, M&A Bryan McCarthy
Corporate, M&A JP Gilmartin
Banking and finance Thomas Fox
Banking and finance Brendan Cunningham
Inward investment John Dwyer
Inward investment John Cuddigan
Inward investment Mark Barrett
Media and defamation Richard Martin
Media and defamation Darryl Broderick
IT and e-commerce Diarmaid Gavin
IT and e-commerce Gillian Keating
IT and e-commerce Bryan McCarthy
IT and e-commerce Ricky Kelly
Construction and procurement Finola McCarthy
Construction and procurement Margaret Ring
Tax John Cuddigan
Tax Eoin Tobin
Tax Mark Barrett
Tax Julie Burke
Commercial property John Dwyer
Commercial property Margaret Ring
Commercial property Pat Ahern
Commercial property Evin McCarthy
Employment Jennifer Cashman
Employment David McCarroll
Insurance John Buckley
Insurance Fergus Long
Insurance Richard Martin
Insurance Uilliam Ó Lorcáin
Insurance Peter Lemon
Insolvency and debt recovery Ashling Walsh
Professional indemnity Richard Martin
Professional indemnity Fergus Long
Professional indemnity Uilliam O'Lorcain
Professional indemnity Jamie Olden
Litigation/dispute resolution Richard Martin
Litigation/dispute resolution Fergus Long
Litigation/dispute resolution John Buckley
Litigation/dispute resolution Darryl Broderick
Litigation/dispute resolution Peter Lemon
Healthcare Fergal Dennehy
Healthcare Padraic Brennan
Healthcare Imelda Tierney
Healthcare Sinead Corcoran
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Uilliam Ó Lorcáin  photo Mr Uilliam Ó Lorcáin
Mr Patrick Ahern  photo Mr Patrick Ahern
Mr Padraic Brennan  photo Mr Padraic Brennan
Mr Darryl Broderick  photo Mr Darryl Broderick
Mr John Buckley  photo Mr John Buckley
Ms Julie Burke  photo Ms Julie Burke
Ms Jennifer Cashman  photo Ms Jennifer Cashman
Ms Sinéad Corcoran  photo Ms Sinéad Corcoran
Mr John Cuddigan  photo Mr John Cuddigan
Mr Brendan Cunningham  photo Mr Brendan Cunningham
Mr Fergal Dennehy  photo Mr Fergal Dennehy
Mr Patrick Dorgan  photo Mr Patrick Dorgan
Mr Damian Doyle  photo Mr Damian Doyle
Mr John Dwyer  photo Mr John Dwyer
Mr Cian Fenton  photo Mr Cian Fenton
Mr Thomas Fox  photo Mr Thomas Fox
Mr Diarmaid Gavin  photo Mr Diarmaid Gavin
Mr Ronan Geary  photo Mr Ronan Geary
Mr JP Gilmartin  photo Mr JP Gilmartin
Mr Peter Groarke  photo Mr Peter Groarke
Ms Gillian Keating  photo Ms Gillian Keating
Mr Ricky Kelly  photo Mr Ricky Kelly
Mr Peter Lennon  photo Mr Peter Lennon
Ms Marianne Lonergan  photo Ms Marianne Lonergan
Mr Fergus Long  photo Mr Fergus Long
Mr Simon Lynch  photo Mr Simon Lynch
Ms Deirdre Malone  photo Ms Deirdre Malone
Mr Richard Martin photo Mr Richard Martin
Mr David McCarroll  photo Mr David McCarroll
Ms Finola McCarthy  photo Ms Finola McCarthy
Mr Evin McCarthy  photo Mr Evin McCarthy
Mr Bryan McCarthy  photo Mr Bryan McCarthy
Mr Peter McGarvey  photo Mr Peter McGarvey
Ms Claire Murray  photo Ms Claire Murray
Mr Jamie Olden  photo Mr Jamie Olden
Mr Brendan O’Connell  photo Mr Brendan O’Connell
Mr Brian O’Halloran  photo Mr Brian O’Halloran
Mr Seán O’Reilly  photo Mr Seán O’Reilly
Ms Mary Purtill  photo Ms Mary Purtill
Ms Margaret Ring  photo Ms Margaret Ring
Ms Louise Smith  photo Ms Louise Smith
Ms Imelda Tierney  photo Ms Imelda Tierney
Mr Eoin Tobin  photo Mr Eoin Tobin
Mr Donal Twomey  photo Mr Donal Twomey
Ms Antoinette Vahey  photo Ms Antoinette Vahey
Ms Ashling Walsh  photo Ms Ashling Walsh
Number of lawyers : 104
Contact : Richard Martin (managing partner)
Other offices : Dublin
Other offices : Galway
Other offices : London

As a reputable, international law firm with a proud history, we feel a strong sense of responsibility for the development of a more sustainable society. This is why we ensure that CSR remains an integral part of our firm and culture and we have defined clear principals to support it.

Our CSR contribution to society is rooted in effective legal advice and relevant pro bono work. Further to these areas, we are investing in a diverse and inclusive culture in which talented people can thrive regardless of gender and ethnicity. To ensure we attract and nurture this talent, we strive to create a diverse, inclusive and supportive culture in all our offices throughout the world. To this end, we work closely with universities, recruitment agencies and student bodies to create opportunities for them.

Each year we handle a number of pro bono cases which either have a profound social significance, or that address a fundamental legal principle. They also frequently involve complex issues of civil, administrative or human rights law.

These cases are handled free of charge or at significantly reduced rates and we are proud that our lawyers invest their time and energy to assist those who would otherwise be unable to receive such counsel.

Every year, our partners and associates continue to play an active role in various pro bono matters, taking on cases that make a real difference to individuals, and local and national organisations.

We also take responsibility towards our own people. We provide all members of our firm with the environment and the facilities that encourage them to develop their full potential. We also offer flexible work solutions so they can combine their practice with family life. We invest heavily in the personal and professional development of our people.

We use our means and abilities towards the communities in which we work and live: we engage in social, cultural and scientific sponsorship, supporting our local communities.

We provide financial and in-kind sponsorship of organisations dedicated to academia, the arts and the wellbeing of children. We feel it is both our duty and our privilege to return something to the communities in which we operate. This is why we sponsor cultural events, scientific pursuits and children in need. We not only provide financial support, but also share our knowledge and practical support through our active board membership of several NGOs.

We strive to a more sustainable environment. We are minimising our environmental impact and reducing our carbon footprint by embracing new technologies and inspiring people to continuously make conscious decisions on whether their behaviour would best fit an environmentally friendly approach. We installed energy saving technology, encourage our people and clients to use public transport and use IT and telecommunication technology to reduce commuting. We reimburse public transport costs to encourage everyone to use it.

By investing in state-of-the-art archiving and a digital work environment, we significantly reduce our paper usage.

Our new office building in Amsterdam is CO² neutral and we received a BREEAM Excellent quality mark from the Dutch Green Building Council.

Together, we want to ensure the legal profession in general, and our firm in particular, continues to contribute to a sustainable society. We will pursue each of our CSR values with the same drive we bring to our legal advice.